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Hypercalcemia (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI] - Prevention of Hypercalcemia

Patients can learn to recognize early symptoms of hypercalcemia.

Hypercalcemia can be very serious and can cause death. It is important to learn how to recognize it early and manage it carefully. Patients at risk of hypercalcemia may be the first to notice its symptoms, such as fatigue. Ask your doctor if you are at risk for hypercalcemia and learn about the following:

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  • Hypercalcemia symptoms.
  • Ways to prevent it.
  • What can make hypercalcemia worse.
  • When to call the doctor.

Patients can take steps to prevent hypercalcemia.

To prevent hypercalcemia, patients can do the following:

  • Drink the right amount of fluids.
  • Get enough salt in your diet.
  • Control nausea and vomiting.
  • Stay active by walking.
  • Control fever.
  • Stop taking drugs that can cause hypercalcemia or affect its treatment, when possible.

Hypercalcemia causes the body to absorb less calcium from food. However, changing the diet to decrease calcium will not lower the amount of calcium in the blood.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute

    Last Updated: February 25, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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